human defiance

so i guess this is it folks. i won’t be participating in anything team delusional from now on. (i feel slightly relieved??) i feel the need to explain why, so if you want to know, click the read more, and if you don’t then just keep on scrolling!

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Strength

Fandom: Marvel Avengers

Word count: 2152

Characters: Tony Stark x daughter!reader, Loki

Warnings: Loki kidnaps reader, fear of death, mention of catcalling. Please do not romanticise the kidnapping. Kidnapping is not a romantic thing.

Summary: You try to be strong when an Asgardian kidnaps you.

As soon as you walked through the door or your apartment, you tugged your heels off and threw them into your bedroom. Then you sighed in relief. You liked wearing heels, but they didn’t half kill your feet.

Barefoot, you headed into the kitchen to try and find something for dinner. You didn’t have the energy for anything fancy today- there had been a newspaper meeting with every senior member of staff involved, and they couldn’t agree on anything. It had left you drained. You found a leftover tub of bolognese which would do just fine, as soon as you’d got out of these clothes.

After you’d changed into sweatpants and a loose jumper, you headed back into the kitchen. Before you could heat the pot of bolognese, though, your phone rang. You leaned over, looked at the screen, and picked it up. “Hey, Dad.”

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“In military service, I had this crazy superior. When I was in the middle of quitting smoking, that superior slapped me for not smoking the cigarette he gave me. I was annoyed, so I disobeyed his orders. Even though I knew he would keep slapping me for defying him, I kept doing it and kept getting slapped. I think I wanted to release my stress at that time, but he thought I had a lot of guts to challenge his authority like that. After that day, he treated me well. He listened to me talk about my hardships, and he gave me advice. Eventually, we became so close that we still keep in touch. Fighting brought us closer together.“

“군대에 진짜 또라이 선임이 있었어요. 금연 중이었는데 자기가 주는 담배를 안 핀다는 이유로 뺨을 맞을 정도였죠. 그런데 저도 짜증이 나니까 막 개겼어요. 그러면 더 맞는데도 계속 대들었어요. 그렇게라도 스트레스를 풀고 싶었던 것 같아요. 근데 그 모습을 배짱있다고 생각했나 봐요. 그 날 이후로 엄청 잘 해주더라고요. 제 힘든 걸 들어 주고 조언을 해 주기도 하고요. 결국엔 지금까지 연락 할 정도로 친해졌어요. 싸우면서 정이 들었다고 할까요.”

What the perception functions really are.

Submitted by flybylikeahurricane

Stereotypes of the perception functions are made generally because of a misunderstanding of what they are. People seem to think that perception is informational focus, which it is, but people get confused and equate it to what kind of information they like which equates Ne and Ni to imagination and Se and Si to mundane sensory information. This is not the case. I am here to tell you that perception tells you how you make sense of the world, what you rely on to tell you the real truth in daily life. The function descriptions go something more like this when properly examined.

Se types rely on their senses to tell them about the present world, and therefore seek all the tactile experiences and adventure they can

Si types rely on their past experience to tell them about the present world, meaning they can be traditional and carefully plan out their actions based on their experiences

Ne types rely on their insight derived from the outside world to tell them about the present, meaning they seek anything and everything they can to provide them with more connections to consider, because since they rely on the outside world to inform their decisions, they stay open to more connections and interpretations of what cannot be seen

Ni types rely on insight derived from within themselves, constantly piecing together flashes from the unconscious into a single inner worldview or purpose, because since they rely on the inner world, they are more inclined to focus on the long term than everything around them. They a futurists and strategists.

Notice how I went along with the Jungian description of perception (how you take in information) rather than the description widely accepted by rookies (which kind of information you are strong at taking in and what you like to focus on). That description is a defiance to human nature as we all like all information given its usefulness and what we’re good at has nothing to do with type.

For the record, I am an ESTP who loves to entertain his imagination and random hypotheses, but what separates me from an ENTP is that an ENTP trusts his ability to read between the lines and trusts that more than his senses while I make sense of things by actually experiencing them and using my senses.

People like Aladdin, who listens closely to what the guards are saying and using that information to his advantage are Se.

People who tune out their senses and simply just use them to springboard and insight of what could be happening behind the scenes are Ne.

I take a special interest in my Ni because it is different from what I’m used to and gives me relief from constantly scanning and analyzing my surroundings, and I think that’s why I enjoy the symbolic and imagining different scenarios and being open to different flashes of insight, but it doesn’t mean it’s my usual behavior.

Quick note because my dash is swamped in non fandom posts: If you’re in any of these fandoms, reblog this post as I would LOVE to follow you.

Doctor Who (New and old)
BBC Sherlock
Merlin
Humans
Dark Matter
Defiance
Continuum
Once Upon A Time
Pacific Rim

Fullmetal Alchemist
Attack on Titan
Blue Exorcist
Haruhi Suzumiya
Kill la Kill
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Space Dandy
Ranma ½ (is that still a thing?)

Steven Universe
Gravity Falls
Adventure Time
Over the Garden Wall
Big Hero Six
Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra

Portal
Half-Life
Dragon Age
Mass Effect
Bioshock
Knights of the Old Republic
Dungeons and Dragons (that’s a video game right)
The Elder Scrolls
Ace Attorney
Five Nights at Freddy’s

Marvel Comics
DC Comics (especially Teen Titans)
Lord of the Rings
Percy Jackson
Harry Potter
The Princess Bride
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Honor Harrington (would pay a vast amount of money for there to be a tumblr fandom for this)
Discworld/Terry Pratchett
John Green
Rainbow Rowell
The Lunar Chronicles
Septimus Heap
Brandon Mull
Dresden Files

Taylor Swift
Bill Nye/Science side of tumblr in general
Markiplier
Nigahiga
Anna Akana
Wherever the swimming blogs are lurking

ANYTHING even vaguely Star Wars

And the deal breaker: Homestuck.

The Living Constitution Debate And Slavery.

The Modern Liberal Progressive  insists that the U.S. Constitution must not be viewed  by judges as a document with a fixed meaning but that it must  be read in a way that allows it to evolve with the times in order to  "remain relevant".  They are also of the belief that history itself backs up this claim, and that Exhibit A, B and C in the case for this evolution is the American institution of slavery.

For, as the rest of the story goes, the founding fathers must have seen the institution of slavery as  wholly constitutional otherwise they would not have permitted its practice. America innocently embraced the practice  until that moment in history at which it evolved enough to recognize it as an actual moral  evil. This line of reasoning of course assumes that human beings as a race are never guilty of something called moral inconsistency (or “duplicity” to use a less generous term).  The argument in question is easily refuted with one very simple historical fact : there is not a single prominent  U.S. founding father who is not on record as condemning the institution of slavery, including those owning slaves  themselves. 

a selection of quotes from the most prominent members of the founding generation. 

James Madison (principle author of the Constitution) 

 “American citizens are instrumental in carrying on a traffic in enslaved Africans, equally in violation of the laws of humanity and in defiance of those of their own country.” -State of The Union

But the mere circumstance of complexion cannot deprive them of the character of men.”    -Speech to the Virginia Convention  

We have seen the mere distinction of color made in the most enlightened period of time, a ground of the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man.” - speech at the Constitutional Convention, June 6, 1787

Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence) 

The love of justice and the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a moral reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain. -Letter To Edward Coles

There must doubtless be an unhappy influence on the manners of our people produced by the existence of slavery among us. The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other.  -Notes on the State of Virginia

 I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever - Jefferson referring to the practice of slavery in America in his Notes On The State Of Virginia.

George Washington  

I am principled against this kind of traffic in the human species -Letter To Robert Lewis.

There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it.- Letter To Robert Morris

Benjamin Franklin  

That mankind are all formed by the same Almighty Being, alike objects of his care, and equally designed for the enjoyment of happiness, the Christian religion teaches us to believe, and the political creed of Americans fully coincides with the position… . [We] earnestly entreat your serious attention to the subject of slavery – that you will be pleased to countenance the restoration of liberty to those unhappy men who alone in this land of freedom are degraded into perpetual bondage and who … are groaning in servile subjection. -Annals of  Congress 1790 

The unhappy man, who has long been treated as a brute animal, too frequently sinks beneath the common standard of the human species. The galling chains that bind his body do also fetter his intellectual faculties, and impair the social affections of his heart. Accustomed to move like a mere machine, by the will of a master, reflection is suspended; he has not the power of choice; and reason and conscience have but little influence over his conduct, because he is chiefly governed by the passion of fear..   -Address on Slavery on behalf of the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society. Franklin is arguing for policies to educate and to teach trades to ex-slaves once freed

John Adams  

Consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest of happiness - a Dissertation On The Canon and Feudal Law

John Jay (First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Co-author of the Federalist Papers) 

It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honour of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.  letter to R. Lushington, March 15, 1786

Thomas Paine 

That some desperate wretches should be willing to steal and enslave men by violence and murder for gain, is rather lamentable than strange. But that many civilized, nay, Christianized people should approve, and be concerned in the savage practice, is surprising; and still persist, though it has been so often proved contrary to the light of nature, to every principle of Justice and Humanity, and even good policy, by a succession of eminent men, and several late publications. - Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser (1775)

Samuel Adams

  But to the eye of reason, what can be more clear than that all men have an equal right to happiness? Nature made no other distinction than that of higher or lower degrees of power of mind and body… . Were the talents and virtues which Heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges? … No! In the judgment of heaven there is no other superiority among men than a superiority of wisdom and virtue.   –Speech in Philadelphia 1776

Finally a quote that  summarizes the entire matter from a man who immediately followed the founding generation.

“The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence was seen and lamented [within the founding generation]…  Never from their lips was heard one syllable of attempt to justify the institution of slavery. They universally considered it as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural step-mother country and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence slavery, in common with every other mode of oppression, was destined sooner or later to be banished from the earth. -John Quincy Adams July 4, 1837  .

The abolition of slavery was not a matter of an evolution in basic moral insight, it was a matter of finally coming to grips with a moral evil that had been recognized from the very beginning, but which was maintained through moral inconsistency.  The founders were fully aware of the fact that the practice violated their own highest principles. And so the narraitve if slavery in America cannot serve as exhibit A in a rationalization